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The Best of the Week - 18/06/07

Andrew Everard Mon, 18 Jun 2007, 12:21pm

From the latest news from the Blu-ray/HD DVD battlefront, to new download services and some of the dinkiest amps we've ever seen, it's all here This week we've... • Been out to the Czech Republic to take a first look at the ...

NEWS: Blockbuster backs Blu-ray in the USA

Andrew Everard Mon, 18 Jun 2007, 11:05am

Movie rental chain Blockbuster has announced it's backing Blu-ray over HD DVD in 1450 of its US stores, and that 1700 of its outlets will be stocking Blu-ray discs. The move, likely to be seen as a blow for the rival HD DVD format, has been ...

NEWS: Philips' new portable DVD players complete with iPod dock

Joe Cox Tue, 12 Jun 2007, 3:52pm

Here's a product with a novel twist: a portable DVD player with a built-in iPod dock. It's the latest brainchild of Philips and is part of a range of six new portable movie machines. Three widescreen DVD players and two players with ...

The Best of the Week - 11/06/07

Andrew Everard Tue, 12 Jun 2007, 11:50am

We're going full steam ahead to pack this site with news, comments and information to help you get the best buys in home cinema and hi-fi, and keep you up to speed with the latest developments in technology, whether it's projectors ...

NEWS: See Spiderman 3 (and Ocean's 13) on Sony’s awesome 4K super-HD projector

Andy Clough Mon, 11 Jun 2007, 11:59am

If you think Blu-ray and HD DVD images look great, wait until you see Sony’s 4K high-definition projection system in action. We’ve just watched Spiderman 3 on the system, and believe us, it’s awesome! The picture resolution is twice that of ...

High-definition surround sound explained

Andy Clough Mon, 11 Jun 2007, 10:32am

Blu-ray and HD DVD don’t just offer awesome pictures – thay can also offer substantially better sound quality too. We’ve written a great deal about compression formats, usually when discussing the pros and cons of MP3. But it’s equally an ...

NEWS: Toshiba takes laptop route to deliver big push for HD DVD

Dominic Dawes Wed, 6 Jun 2007, 2:49pm

Toshiba aims to put HD DVD disk drives on all its laptops next year. The company is in direct competition with Sony and Blu-ray, as it tries to counter Sony's advantage gained by all those Blu-ray drives sitting in every PS3 console. The ...

HOW TO... Get the most from your projector

Dominic Dawes Wed, 6 Jun 2007, 10:30am

So, you've decided to eschew that large flatscreen TV in favour of an even bigger – and most likely better – movie image in your living room. You've bought some new blinds to keep the light subdued, and you've been mugging up on the difference ...

NEWS: Hollywood relaxes stance on legalised copying for HD discs

Dominic Dawes Wed, 6 Jun 2007, 9:33am

Hollywood looks set to relax its grip on how buyers of Blu-ray and HD DVD discs can store and copy movies. Consumers could soon have the opportunity to make entirely legal backup copies for use on media servers and mobile devices, according ...

HOW TO... Set up your subwoofer

Dominic Dawes Sun, 3 Jun 2007, 3:20pm

[Intro] Set up a subwoofer correctly and it'll make a big difference to your system's sound. The only problem is, many people don't know where to start with sub setup, and as a result get it very wrong indeed. In fact, we'd say if ...